Archive of May 10, 2007

In a strong-worded message, Pope calls on Latin American youth to discover, follow God's call

May 10, 2007 - 06:30 pm .- Addressing a cheering crown gathered at the old soccer Stadium of Pacaembu in Sao Paulo, Pope Benedict XVI challenged Brazilian and Latin American young people not to "spoil your youth" but to listen and follow God's call in their lives. Read the full Message at:  

Pope addresses young crowd in English

May 10, 2007 - 06:27 pm .- During the gathering with the Youth at the soccer stadium of Pacaembú, Pope Benedict briefly addressed the crown in English, inviting English-speaking participants to respond "generously" to God's call.

Vice Minister of Health in Peru promotes plan to make abortion available

May 10, 2007 - 01:07 pm .- Peru’s Vice Minister of Health, Jose Calderon, told a congressional committee this week that his office would propose a bill that would legalize "therapeutic abortion" in the country.

Nearly 500 men to be ordained priests for U.S. Church this year

May 10, 2007 - 12:36 pm .- Nearly 500 men from Catholic dioceses across the country will be ordained for the priesthood this spring. This year’s cohort is representative of the Church in the United States, which is filled with well-educated professionals, newcomers to the nation and souls touched by war.

PBS TV stations to air three-part documentary on atheism

May 10, 2007 - 12:33 pm .- Christians are criticizing a decision by Public Broadcasting Service stations to broadcast a three-part television documentary series on atheism, calling it "an evangelistic piece." "A Brief History of Disbelief" is by British producer Jonathan Miller. It was first broadcast on the BBC in 2005.

Promotion of condoms is "irresponsible and ineffective," pro-life leader says

May 10, 2007 - 12:31 pm .- The director of Fundacion Vida in Spain, Manuel Cruz, said this week the campaign by the Ministry of Health to promote the use of condoms among young people is "irresponsible and ineffective," as they do not reduce teen pregnancy but rather "increase high-risk behavior exponentially."

Bishop defends diocesan safe environment program

May 10, 2007 - 12:29 pm .- Bishop Salvatore Matano of Burlington, Vermont, has stepped up to defend the diocese's director of safe environment programs after an advocacy group called for his dismissal. Former Burlington Police Chief Kevin Scully has been the diocesan employee responsible for training church workers in the prevention of child sexual abuse.

Ecuadorian Catholics should participate in politics but not in the name of the Church

May 10, 2007 - 12:27 pm .- In preparation for the upcoming election of a Constitutional Assembly that will decide on reforms of Ecuador’s constitution, the Archdiocese of Quito called on Catholics to participate in politics, but he reminded them that they should do so "as citizens" and not in the name of the Church. "The laity who belong to movements or apostolic groups do well to participate in politics, that is their right, but they should do so as citizens and not in the name of their movements," the archdiocese said in a statement.

Pro-abortion Congressman to speak at Catholic college

May 10, 2007 - 12:26 pm .- Pro-abortion Congressman Edward J. Markey is expected to speak at Boston College Law School’s 2007 commencement ceremony. College Law Dean John H. Garvey lauded Markey as "one of the most distinguished graduates of Boston College Law School, whose career of public service reflects the very best values and traditions of the school."

Mugabe issues warning to Catholic bishops

May 10, 2007 - 12:25 pm .- President Robert Mugabe has warned the Catholic bishops of Zimbabwe that they have embarked upon "a dangerous course," reported Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) after having spoken with a priest in Zimbabwe. The priest’s identity remains anonymous. Mugabe’s warning came after the bishops issued a pastoral letter in which they lay the blame for the political and economic situation of the country on him.

Bishop urges Congress to pass immigration reform bill

May 10, 2007 - 12:24 pm .- Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando is urging Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill before the August recess. In a message released May 1, the bishop urged lawmakers to pass the Security through Regularized Immigration and Vibrant Economy Act of 2007, known as STRIVE. The bipartisan bill (H.R. 1645) was introduced by Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).

New initiative offers support to Catholic health workers and patients

May 10, 2007 - 12:21 pm .- The UK Secretary of State for Health has expressed support for a new range of resources created to support Catholic patients and healthcare staff. A series of practical publications and a new website under the banner: Caring for the Catholic Patient, offer guidelines for health workers and NHS managers and trusts.

Pharmacists can appeal to “scientific reasons” for not dispensing morning-after pill, says Spanish expert

May 10, 2007 - 11:49 am .-  Jose Lopez Guzman, professor of the Department of Biomedical Humanities at the University of Navarre in Spain, said this week pharmacists can cite “scientific reasons” for “not dispensing the morning-after pill,” in keeping with Spanish law and with the Pharmaceutical and Deontology Code of Ethics.

Holy Father holds short meeting with President Lula da Silva

May 10, 2007 - 11:35 am .- The Pope's meeting with the Brazilian leader-- who had formally greeted him Wednesday afternoon when the papal plane touched down in Brazil-- took place in the Palacio dos Bandeirantes, the governor's resident in Sao Paulo. It was mainly a private meeting and no official declaration will be made by the President's office on the meeting.

Pope arrives in Brazil stressing Christian duty to defend life, solidarity

May 10, 2007 - 01:36 am .- Pope Benedict XVI arrived 25 minutes early to a rainy Sao Paulo to open his visit to Brazil with a call to Christians to defend the life of the unborn and promote solidarity towards the poorest. The Pontiff  reaffirmed the Christian values of Latin America "which will never be eradicated." "I am certain that at Aparecida, during the bishops' general conference, this identity will be reinforced through the promotion of respect for life from the moment of conception until natural death as an integral requirement of human nature," he added.

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